Eligibility and application requirements

  1. The Start-up Lab incubator program (hereinafter called 'Start-up Lab') is open to anyone employed by Deutsche Post DHL Group (hereinafter called ‘DPDHL‘) or its subsidiaries. Employment must be at time of application as well as during the time proposed for participation in Start-up Lab.
  2. To be eligible to apply for Start-up Lab, the entrant must meet the following criteria (submission requirements) and confirm acceptance of these terms and conditions. Minimum submission requirements: 
    Applicant info:
    1. Entrant’s name (or team up to 4 persons if applicable, with lead contact identified)
    2. Entrant’s email address (or team up to 4 persons if applicable)
    3. Entrant’s current work location and department or work area
    4. The Idea: An application including the challenge focus area, name of the idea, problem that the idea is intended to solve, description of how the solution works, The plan on how you will turn your idea or concept into a proof of concept, Minimum Viable Product, or pilot (please specify requested time, e.g. 4 months), requirements including funding and support needed (estimated to best extent known), introduction of team members and what they will do in Start-up Lab
    5. Optional: Supporting media (e.g. video, image, prototype)

    The language for the first innovation challenge will be English. In case you wish to apply in German, please contact the Start-up Lab team. The timeline for the plan should be for 4 months, requested at the discretion of the entrant. Your initial funding needs should be supported by a high level description of what this is required for. The entry materials (presentation and additional content if wanted) must be submitted via email to apply-StartupLab@dhl.com. Application period begins September 6 2018 and ends at 23:59 CET on November 30 2018. DPDHL reserves the right to amend the timeline.

Intellectual property

  1. DPDHL, its associated companies, and its designees shall have the unrestricted and non-exclusive rights to edit, adapt, publish, copy, display, perform, broadcast, modify, and otherwise use any or all entry materials and intellectual property, alone or in combination with other materials including but not limited to essays, photos and/or videos in any and all media, whether now known or later discovered, in perpetuity, without restriction of any kind whatsoever, without further compensation to the entrant or anyone else.
  2. All submissions must be created by the entrant personally, and must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights of any person or entity.
  3. If any person/entity other than the entrant is depicted or described in the presentation or any other material (e.g., video), the entrant is responsible for obtaining any necessary permission for use of their names/likenesses.
  4. Following the culmination of Start-up Lab, DPDHL reserves the right to use text, images, and video content for display purposes at any DPDHL website including its associated external or internal sites without copyright or royalty restrictions.
  5. With acceptance into Start-up Lab, all intellectual property related to the submission gets transferred to DPDHL. This also applies for generated proprietary rights and know-how during designing and developing solutions and services for the Start-up Lab. DPDHL will also prevent the entrant from discussing and writing about their inventions, processes, or techniques in theses, papers and other publications. In case any of these is requested by the entrant, DPDHL is free to decide on an individual basis.
  6. In case the application of the entrant is rejected at any step in the process, all intellectual property related to the submission gets transferred back to the entrant.
  7. There is no guarantee that all entries will be acknowledged or returned (e.g., physical prototypes). However, the Start-up Lab team will endeavor to provide individual responses to the extent feasible.

Selection process

  1. Once an entry has been submitted, no further changes will be accepted.
  2. DPDHL reserves the right not to accept an entry if it does not strictly comply with the terms and conditions.
  3. A panel of DPDHL-appointed experts will judge the entries and will select a maximum of fifteen short-listed entries from all entries; the panel’s decision is final. Selection criteria includes, but is not limited to, fit with DPDHL business areas, attractiveness of the idea, feasibility to implement.
  4. The shortlisted teams will be notified by email using the information supplied at time of entry. Along with notification, the shortlisted teams will be invited for pitch coaching sessions and a pitch day.
  5. Return flights (economy class), accommodation and reasonable travel expenses in line with DPDHL travel policy will be funded by DPDHL for up to two representatives from each of the short-listed teams to attend pitch coaching and a pitch day.
  6. A panel of DPDHL-appointed senior experts will judge the short-listed teams’ pitches and will select a maximum of 8 finalist teams.
  7. The finalist teams will be invited to a final selection pitch, where a senior selection committee will judge all finalist teams and will select a maximum of 4 winning teams to enter Start-up Lab. The senior selection committee’s decision on the winners is final.
  8. During any of the selection steps, DPDHL reserves the right not provide any details on individual assessment scores.
  9. DPDHL reserves the right to amend the selection process.

Winning teams and participation in Start-up Lab

  1. The amount and terms of funding and other support will be decided on a case-by-case basis, based on the requests outlined in the application as well as consultation with the entrant and DPDHL.
  2. Any funding or support is only to be used for Start-up Lab activities and not for any other purpose.
  3. Separate terms and conditions apply to participation in Start-up Lab. To be eligible to participate in the Start-up Lab program, entrants must confirm acceptance of the Start-up Lab program terms and conditions.

Winning teams and participation in Start-up Lab

  1. German law applies. The application of mandatory law, including but not limited to territorial unfair trade law, remains unaffected.